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[Nettime-nl] MA in Media Design, Piet Zwart Institute

Title: MA in Media Design, Piet Zwart Institute
MA in Media Design
Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

The MA in Media Design is a two-year full-time course offered by the Piet Zwart Institute.  We are the postgraduate centre for art and design of the Willem de Kooning Academy Hogeschool Rotterdam. 

Systems not surfaces
Too often,  media design has simply been the arrangement of pixels and plug-ins.  For us, the computer and the networks are where dynamics that are aesthetic, social, political, technical, spatial, linguistic, rythmic, economic, numerical, meet and shape each other.  The role of the designer is to track, sort and remix these dynamics in relation to others.

Technology, theory, practice
In a working context where software is doing half the thinking and doing for you, where is the divide between theory, technology and practice?  This course is committed to a fundamental revaluation of the division between these terms.  We will look for and invent the technology that is in media philosophy; find the conceptuality of an operating system; and design in a way that synthesises the power of all three.

The course started last year and maintains the excitement of a process that is still being invented.  For participants, work is carried out as a series of group and self-initiated projects.  In certain cases participation in single projects may be arranged. A primary focus of the work is the internet, education in these technologies is a staple part of our work.  Core themes in our programme are: transmission, use, behaviour, and experience; knowledge and memory; the political economy of the information society; citizens and consumers, public and private identities; urban and virtual reality, network and diaspora.

Find more information at
Application dates for 2003-2004:
Recommended (for visa purposes) for applicants outside EU:  April 1st
Recommended for applicants inside EU:  July 1st
Final application deadline: September 1st

For further information contact Femke Snelting,